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To Be Middle-Aged, Gifted And Black: Mourning Without Melancholia, Daniel Mcneil Dec 2012

To Be Middle-Aged, Gifted And Black: Mourning Without Melancholia, Daniel Mcneil

Daniel McNeil

Mourning without melancholia has become a mantra for cultural critics who arrived too late to say anything at the first large-scale Afro-Asian Conference held in Bandung in 1955, or the First International Conference of NegroWriters and Artists held in Paris in 1956. Mindful of melancholic attachments to the struggles of anticolonial intellectuals during the cold war, prominent representatives of a post- Bandung generation rarely read Frantz Fanon as though they were about to join him in the trenches of the liberation struggle (Scott 1999, p. 199). Developing a different form of cosmopolitan commitment, distinguished professors such as Henry Louis Gates ...